Best Cebu Blogs Award 2016 (Travel) Finalist – A Prestigious Surprise for Four-eyed Laagan

The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations. – Eli Khamarov

Wednesday morning as I woke up, I was checking my phone for messages and updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram which is my boring daily routine. I was getting ready to get up to prepare for work then suddenly a notification popped up as I received a surprising email with a header titled “Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2016”. My eyes popped and my jaw dropped out of surprise. Was it really for me? Was it a hoax?

As I touched the screen notification and opened the email, “Congratulations! Your blog ( is a Finalist for Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2016 under Best Cebu Travel Blog Category”. I was like startling and could not totally believe that my neophyte blog has been a finalist for Best Cebu’s Travel Blog! How is that even possible? How am I even being qualified for this? I totally could not believe!

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I started blogging to share my experiences and details about my travels – commonly directions on getting there, expenses and itinerary. Before it was not in my mind to receive sponsorships, awards and being involved with fellow bloggers because I just wanted to share. A few months ago, I joined a growing community of bloggers and I came to realize that blogging is a hugely diverse world with respective niches that added fire to the will of my burning heart to pursue this path. With all the support and help from them, it enhanced my skills in writing and encouraged me to write more. Tips and lists came and recently opened series called “#SnapAndPonder” was added in Four-eyed Laagan.

Being a finalist of BCBA 2016 still did not sink into my system. I feel pressured because people sees me as something that is great. I am definitely not a master blogger and I consider myself as a newbie that is learning and eager to acquire knowledge. Nonetheless, I feel so honored and thankful to be recognized by this prestigious awards. I feel challenged to keep up and grow as a travel blogger and I’m very excited to venture out more for Four-eyed Laagan.

#BCBA2016 Awards Night will happen at Crown Regency Hotel and Towers this November 27, 2016!


The Best Cebu Blogs Awards, the only and pioneering award-giving body in the City  that recognizes the bloggers and their own blogs on specific categories, was organized and founded by blogger volunteers. It is headed by Cebu Bloggers Society Inc.’s founder – Mark Monta. This November 27th will be a night of friendship and camaraderie for bloggers from different communities for recognition on their niches.

I am very much thankful for the people who nominated and believed in me for Four-eyed Laagan; to BCBA organizers who considered my blog upon review and made it as a finalist; to the readers and supporters who keep on visiting, liking, reading and commenting my posts and to Almighty God for allowing me for this opportunity to share significant memories of my existence. This would have stayed a dream without all of you. 🙂

This event would not be possible without the help of our beloved Sponsors and partners.

BCBA 2016 Co-Presenters:



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Gold Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors


Donor Sponsors

Media Partners


Official Photographer

Alvin Asayas Photography


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  • Congrats!

  • Pour down the water on the ground and they will surely find their way out, just like how your passion find its way to surprise you without expecting it to knock on your door. Being your friend, I’m so glad and so proud of your achievement. You’re not just blessed to own four eyes in which you were able to see things out of an ordinary, but you have burning desire to inspire others just like how you see yourself being inspired by keeping the favor in return. Continue doing what you do and you’ll surely get to where you desire to be. Congratulations once again, win or lose, let’s celebrate!

    • Wow! Words like these keeps me inspired. Thank you master lai! You’re one of my idols that I look up to!

  • Nice one! Congratulations!

    • Thank you Sir Gian! And congrats on you too! I always look up to the great Adrenaline Romance 🙂

      • “Great” gyud? Hahaha! Sheila and I are just ordinary people and bloggers. But thank you very much for the compliment. 🙂

  • Thanks master Aj! Hehe

  • Galing! Hats off to you! 🙂

  • Rea

    Congrats John! A blog, no matter how new or old, deserves recognition if it’s performing well. I have the same reaction as yours last year when I first received an email. I’m still giddy until now. Indeed, more than the recognition and award, it gives us a sense of fulfillment and motivation to keep blogging, sharing, and inspiring people.

    Keep it up! 😉

  • Congrats! 🙂

  • Hats off to you Johnny! You deserve to be a finalist of BCBA 2016! How to be you po? Hahahaha

  • Congrats idol 🙂

  • Congrats John! You really deserved this. Your buhis buhay treks has been paid off! lol. Looking forward to more trekking articles from you . 🙂

  • Congratulations!!! I love your blog, btw! 🙂

    See you on the 27th! Hihi 🙂

    • wow! Thank you Ella! I love yours too and congratulationss:) See ya! 😀

  • Congrats! Kebs na ug ma pilde. DAUG NANI! -Jay

  • Congratulations Master!

  • Congrats gyud John. You really deserve it. Continue burning bright. More treks in the future. haha

    • Naks! Thank you Rady. 🙂 more treks! Kuyog ka igka 19-20?

      • hmmmm. Malapascua ta ko ana. But wa pay update. for sure uban ko if dili mu push through ang Malapascua thing. =)

  • Congrats, Fellow Finalist! Hopefully maka inspire ta sa atung fellow #HIBsters! 🙂

    • Thank you Jullian! Congrats too. Hapit na ang awards night. So exciting!

  • Congrats on the nomination! Hope you guys win! It would be truly deserved in my opinion. 🙂

    • Thanks Ram! Win or lose – it does not matter as long as I’m happy with blogging. 🙂 Thanks again!

  • It’s always so amazing when people recognize your efforts or the things you do, especially when you’ve been doing it expecting nothing in return. Congratulations on your nomination and for making it to the finals!

  • Kat

    Congrats Chris! You deserve it jud! I honestly love your photos raba jud. Panagad gihapon ha kung maka daog ka? Haha! 😛

    • haha hala ha. as if makadaog ko ba. Salamat Kath! Patabang nya ko ug OOTDs pang-katkat bukid 😀

  • Congratulations John! You deserve it, whether you know it or not. *winks

    I was a finalist myself for two consecutive years in BCBA (Photo and Travel) and was not expecting it as well. I wasn’t all fired up in blogging before I joined CBC, so suffice it to say, joining blogging communities will really help you keep the fire burning. Continue what you are doing and always keep in mind that these awards/recognition are just a bonus. What is more important is you enjoy traveling and sharing your experiences in your blog with or without these awards. 🙂

  • rnbonsocan

    Congratulations, John! Definitely well-deserved. 🙂

  • I love doing late comments because it doubles as a congratulatory message. Way to go! Congrats!!! Nice trophy and I hope you will bag the best travel blog next year!

  • What else can I say? Congrats, Four Eyed Laagan!